The Joyous Aura of Music-Bringing People Together

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On the surface music is an image of entertainment, but when looked closer music has various meanings. For those who create music, it is freedom of expression. Music can be meaningful filled with memories or even a stress reliever. It holds the power to bring different groups of people together bonding in its perfect harmonies.

Music is art. Each person holds and envisions a masterpiece tailored to their creativity and feelings. With music there are now boundaries. One is allowed to create whatever they see fit. This freedom of expression allows a person to tap into their imagination composing their vision into sound and painted with words. Therefore allowing the artist’s feelings and emotions to be shared with others who embody the same sentimental value.           

The amazing thing about music is that it will bring back the fondest memories acting as an audio memory book. A memory could fade for months, even years, but as soon as a particular song is heard it is like reliving that very moment. With this memory come all the joyous emotions that are associated. Reminiscing the happy memories, as if they recently occurred, creates a joy that is dear to the heart.

The beauty of music is that it does not discriminate. There are various genres of music that has no restrictions. Each person is equally allowed to enjoy music no matter his or her age, sex, race, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation. Music is a peaceful experience. What I have learned from attending concerts is that there are people from various different backgrounds who want to enjoy the same emotions. Although we may not all look the same, music allows us to feel the same. Music creates a joyous aura that speaks to the soul.

Finding Music in Recovery

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Music has always been a huge part of my life starting from my first cassette tape that I held onto for years. I remember losing that tape when I started getting high. Before that I used music to escape or just to be away from everyone for a bit. Then, the drugs started. Although I still loved music, I still loved drugs more and the drugs blocked me from fully experiencing the escape from music that I used to get. As I got deeper and deeper, drugs were the only thing that were important. When I finally got to SOCD and I got better, not only did I get back the love for music, but I started making music, learning instruments, singing, and having a great time. SOCD’s music therapy group is one of my favorite groups of the week. They provide music equipment and we do whatever we like with them and make songs. Even after the group, the equipment is always available to mess around with. I am grateful I have chosen SOCD as my home. They have showed me more about myself than anyone else.

Building a bond through Music

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Music is therapeutic, it helps me get out of self. Listening to music helps ease my mind when I’m in a bad state of mind. There are many genres of music that give me good energy and some that give me bad energy. I’m grateful for the feeling I get from either good and bad energy because it helps me realize what is healthy and not healthy. I’m grateful for the instruments that are provided here at SOCD because we have the opportunity to learn how to play and it helps build a bond between everyone. Music helps express my thoughts and feelings. I find peace when I play and hear it.

Music- Emotions

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Music helps me get through my day in so many ways. Whenever I am stuck in my head, in a good mood, bad mood, or cannot find the words to express how I am feeling. I can always turn to music to release the energy or tension locked inside me. Putting on one of my favorite songs, listening to new songs I’ve never heard, or to someone in person, there is always some form of music available to help me get through my day or to change my negative state of mind. It’s comforting to know that no matter how my day is going, good or bad, music will be there.

Music - My passion, my meditation...

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For me, music is better than a drug. When I listen to music my mind focuses on what I’m thinking in that exact moment. Music helps me process thoughts that pop up when I hear the song of choice. In recovery, my choice of music has changed. I’ve grown comfortable to different sounds that I wasn’t comfortable listening to in active addiction. Music is the closest I get to meditation. It helps make the day better. I rely on music. I use it as a positive outlet to help me get to new plain of thoughts. The way a certain sound can make you feel a type of way is amazing. One moment you are feeling something, then a song comes on and you feel a completely different way. Music is an amazing thing. In recovery, music helps me see things I can’t see on my own without it. Today, music is my passion.

“Walk In My Shoes”- Empathy in Recovery


“Walk In My Shoes”

You feel what it’s like, to walk in my shoes,
O but brother, I feel for you,
You said I don’t know, the pain in your heart,
It seemed since birth, life was off to a bad start,
Now open your mind, and look at the stars,
But don’t be scared, that cross is too much to bear,You think that life isn’t fair, you think that life isn’t fair,
You feel way too much, but I offer my hand,
That might help you up, you say its bad luck,
That you feel too much,
But don’t be scared, that cross is too much to bear,
You think that life isn’t fair, you think that life isn’t fair